July 11, 2007 12:46 ET

National Auto Parts Distributor Opens Distribution Hub in Salem

Oregon Family Launches Radiator Sales Hub

SALEM, OR--(Marketwire - July 11, 2007) - This Monday 1-800 Radiator's Salem outlet officially opened for business. The outlet is owned and operated by Gene Synkelma, his sister, Vickie Schutte and his brother-in-law Tom Schutte. Synkelma plans to serve his customers with a high quality product, speedy delivery and great customer service. The outlet will serve Salem and the surrounding areas.

The standard automotive radiator lasts only seven years before needing to be replaced. 1-800 Radiator caters specifically to this segment of the automotive industry by providing the auto repair shops and do-it-yourselfers that install these parts, with radiators delivered directly to the doors of their businesses or homes. Often, these radiators are delivered within a couple hours of the order being placed. In addition, each part comes with the company's signature lifetime parts and labor warranty, a guarantee supported by over 150 1-800 Radiator warehouses across the nation. In Salem this warranty is also backed by Gene Synkelma and the Schutte's dedication to customer service and quality.

For over 30 years Gene Synkelma has developed his skills at customer relations, sales, business management and inventory management in the printing industry. During that time Vickie Schutte was gaining experience in the service industry and Tom Schutte was self employed. As franchisees, Tom, Vickie, and Gene will pool their combined experience and skills to bring low cost brand name radiators to Salem's professional mechanics and vehicle owners. Synkelma is already building personal relationships with the clients in his territory, letting them know about his determination to have the biggest inventory, best quality parts and fastest delivery available in the area.

Gene Synkelma, Tom Schutte, and Vickie Schutte's 1-800 Radiator outlet opened on Monday, July 9, 2007.

About 1-800 Radiator:

1-800 Radiator is an auto parts distribution franchise and the largest independent parts distributor in the nation. The 1-800 Radiator business model provides wholesale and retail customers with radiators delivered to their doorstep in a matter of hours at competitive pricing. They offer their services through their online outlet,, and through franchise locations across the country. To their franchisees, 1-800 Radiator provides unprecedented technological and practical support.

If you'd like to know more about 1-800 Radiator, or to schedule an interview with a franchising director please call Joseph Spohn at (866) 780-9392 or contact him via email at

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Joseph Spohn
    (866) 780-9392
    Email Contact